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Bruce Richardson

Tea Maestro Bruce Richardson is one of the leading voices in America's Tea Renaissance for 25 years

Bruce Richardson is the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and Benjamin Press, based in Danville, Kentucky. He serves as a Contributing Editor For TeaTime magazine and an Editorial Board member for Fresh Cup. Bruce is a past Advisory Board Member for the Specialty Tea Institute of America (STI) and a frequent speaker at tea events across the US. Richardson has served as a consultant to several Fortune 500 companies and his views on the American tea renaissance are frequently quoted in publications worldwide.

In 2012, Richardson was named Tea Master for Boston's Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Bruce Richardson is the author of 14 books on tea, including The New Tea Companion and A Social History of Tea, both written in collaboration with London author Jane Pettigrew. He served as editor of the 2011 edition of Okakura Kakuzo's classic Book of Tea by Benjamin Press.

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Bruce Richardson's Background

Bruce Richardson's Experience

Tea Master at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

August 2011 - Present | Boston, MA

Consultant and spokesman.

Contributing Editor at TeaTime Magazine

June 2010 - Present | Birmingham, AL


Owner and Tea Blender at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas

December 1990 - Present | Danville, Kentucky

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas imports, blends and packages handpicked specialty teas from around the world. Located in Danville, Kentucky, our family-owned company has fed America's growing thirst for tea for over two decades. We are a wholesale company, but our products are available for retail purchase on our website or in gourmet stores, tearooms and gift shops in every state. Or you may visit our showroom retail store. Our private label clients include The National Archives, 21c Museum Hotel, The National Park Service, Philadelphia Flower Shoe, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Publisher at Benjamin Press

March 1994

We are America's largest publisher of books relating to tea. Our publishing alliances include such international companies as The National Trust of England, Belcan Corporation, and Bigelow Tea. We also publish non-tea related books.

Bruce Richardson's Education


1975 – 1977


Concentration: Masters Degree in Choral Conducting

Morehead State University

1971 – 1975


Concentration: Bachelors Degree in Music Education

Bruce Richardson's Interests & Activities

Consulting, writing, speaking, travel, music, education, culinary, history

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